Campbell, Carroll re-elected to Select Board

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BENNINGTON — Incumbents Donald Campbell and Jim Carroll won re-election to the Select Board in Tuesday's election, defeating challenger William H. Stewart.

It will be the second term for Campbell, who has served as vice chairman since last year, and the third term for Carroll. Both seats are three-year terms. Campbell took 1,493 votes and Carroll, 1,494. Stewart received 734 votes.

"I'm very grateful to have the confidence of voters," Carroll told the Banner on Tuesday night after the results were announced at the River Street fire facility. "I'll continue to try to do my best for the town."

Campbell said, from speaking to voters on Tuesday, that "people see a lot of potential with a lot of great things in the works. It felt like people were excited to dig into it. People were excited to hear about what's going on downtown."

"I'm thankful to be on deck during a time of significant transformation for the town," he added.

The Select Board saw the only contested race for office. Town Clerk Cassandra Barbeau ran unopposed; she took 2,083 votes.

Just over a quarter of voters took part in the election on Tuesday. Of the town's 9,104 registered voters, 2,437 cast ballots, a total turnout of 26.7 percent. The results reported Tuesday night were preliminary, Barbeau said.

The $12.893 million municipal budget passed 1,761 to 582. The spending plan for the 2019 fiscal year that begins July 1 is a 3.5 percent increase over the current year. It includes a $4.1 million highway fund, up $90,130, or 2.25 percent.

Voters approved ballot measures appropriating a total of $130,100 to 13 agencies. The Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless' $25,000 request passed 1,564 to 786. The Bennington Area Visiting Nurse Association's $21,600 request passed 1,803 to 544. The Sunrise Family Resource Center's $15,000 request passed 1,399 to 934.

Voters also appropriated funding to 10 other agencies. Most were $7,500 or less. The requests were level with what voters approved last year.

Ed Damon can be reached at edamon@benningtonbanner.com, at @edamon_banner on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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